President Donald Trump has responded to allegations that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement recommending no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton months before she and several other key witnesses were even interviewed by the bureau.
As reported previously, these allegations surfaced via a letter Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley sent to current FBI Director Christopher Wray informing him they had uncovered transcripts from two former associates of Comey indicating the draft’s existence.
“Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over… and so much more,” President Trump tweeted this morning.
Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2017
As Breitbart reports, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also commented on the matter in Thursday’s press briefing, stating, “if it is as accurate as [Grassley and Graham] say it is, I think that would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI.”
Speaking directly to a reporter, she continued, “hopefully, all of your colleagues will follow suit in covering that story.”
Many mainstream media outlets have indeed covered the story, including CNN – which cites “a person familiar with the matter” as stating that the FBI had already reviewed much of the evidence in the case and was leaning towards exonerating Clinton anyway.
In their letter to Christopher Wray, Sens. Graham and Grassley questioned the idea of reaching a conclusion before actually interviewing key sources.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second – that’s no way to run an investigation,” they wrote. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
Sens. Grassley and Graham have, on behalf of the Committee on the Judiciary, requested the following, pulled verbatim from their letter:
- All drafts of Mr. Comey’s statement closing the Clinton investigation, from his original draft in April or May to the final version.
- All records related to communications between or among FBI officials regarding Comey’s draft statement closing the Clinton investigation, including all memoranda or analyses of the factual or legal justification for the announcement.
- All records previously provided to the Office of Special Counsel in the course of its now closed Hatch Act investigation of Mr. Comey.